As many as three Grand Slam-winning doubles tandems will be in the same group at this year’s ATP Finals, it was revealed Friday evening in London.
Second seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury will lead Group Mike Bryan. The reigning Australian Open champions will compete in round-robin play against back-to-back Roland Garros winners Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, 2017 Wimbledon titlists Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, and Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic, who reached this year’s US Open final.
Top seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares, who triumphed at Flushing Meadows two months ago, highlight Group Bob Bryan. The other teams in that group are Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, John Peers and Michael Venus, and Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Group Bob Bryan
Mate Pavic/Bruno Soares
Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos
John Peers/Michael Venus
Jurgen Melzer/Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Group Mike Bryan
Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury
Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies
Wesley Koolhof/Nikola Mektic
Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo
The final spot in this year’s ATP Finals doubles field was not decided until Friday, when Melzer and Roger-Vasselin advanced to the Sofia Open final. Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski earned the same number of points as eighth seeds Kubot and Melo, but they played more tournaments this year, giving the season finale berth to the Polish-Brazilian duo. Murray and Skupski will be the first alternates in London, and Australian Open finalists Max Purcell and Luke Saville will be the second alternates.
The doubles groups at the 2020 year-end championships are named after legendary doubles team Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who announced their retirement earlier this year. The American twins competed together in the ATP Finals 15 times, triumphing on four occasions. Mike Bryan also lifted the prestigious trophy alongside Jack Sock in 2018.